Influenza by Jeremy Brown

Influenza

On the 100th anniversary of the devastating pandemic of 1918, Jeremy Brown, a veteran ER doctor, explores the troubling, terrifying, and complex history of the flu virus, from the origins of the Great Flu that killed millions, to vexing questions such as: are we prepared for the next epidemic, should you get a flu shot, and how close are we to finding a cure?While influenza is now often thought of as a common and mild disease, it still kills over...


Details Influenza

TitleInfluenza
ISBN9781501181245
Author
Release DateDec 18th, 2018
PublisherTouchstone
GenreNonfiction, Science, History, Medical, Health, Medicine
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Reviews Influenza

  • Janet
    1970-01-01
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.Dr Jeremy Brown, a veteran ER doctor, explores the troubling, terrifying, and complex history of the flu virus, from the surprising origins of the 1918 flu that killed millions, to vexing questions such as: are we prepared for the next epidem...
  • Dawn Michelle
    1970-01-01
    HOW do you review a book like this? I could absolutely do a term paper on this book and with a little more research and a few more notes [than what I already took], I could write a research paper on this book. But a review for Goodreads and NetGalley? THAT will be a little more difficult. So I am going to give it my best attempt [and I am sure this will be edited quite a bit while I am writing it] and I will hope for the best. I will say to start...
  • David
    1970-01-01
    Here's an idea: on the 100-year anniversary of the Spanish flu pandemic, a history of the flu written by an actual doctor. In this case, a medical doctor who actually has seen perhaps hundreds of cases of the flu himself provides an interestingly unique viewpoint. He's also a good writer.Although the title and marketing of this book might lead you to believe it is about the 1918 pandemic, it really isn't. It is about influenzas generally, and tra...
  • Deborah Stevens
    1970-01-01
    A worldwide pandemic disease, untreatable and often fatal, with a dodgy vaccine that many people do not choose to get?Not Station Eleven dystopian fiction, but an account of the Spanish Flu of 1918, and lots of information on present day flu bugs, treatments, policies, etc. Well-researched and credible, but also very readable. Recommended for anyone with an interest in medicine, science, or whether to get a fu vaccination! Thanks to NetGalley and...
  • chan
    1970-01-01
    3.75/5 starsContent includes depictions of severe cases of influenza and suicideVery engaging read that got a bit dry towards the end when the economy and pharmaceutical companies become a subject matter, but overall I really enjoyed it.Full review to come..
  • Andrea
    1970-01-01
    Wow. Great book. The author is successful at explaining why influenza is a very complicated thing medically. He enumerated many of the medical descriptions of what the flu is, how does it grow and attack the body on a cellular level, as well as the constantly evolving virus. He strikes the nearly impossible balance of retaining the medical explanation and putting it in terms that a non-medical person can understand. I’ve read several books abou...
  • Jan
    1970-01-01
    I'm not certain who will benefit most from this book. The very beginning could be quite off putting to the general public while paramedicals like me are entranced. Lots of it is easily comprehensible to most, while some sections might make some folks glassy eyed. Yet you ask why I recommend it to everyone. Simple. Historians, research minded, descendants, patients, and those in paramedical fields will benefit from the research and perspectives l...
  • Janet
    1970-01-01
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.Dr Jeremy Brown, a veteran ER doctor, explores the troubling, terrifying, and complex history of the flu virus, from the surprising origins of the 1918 flu that killed millions, to vexing questions such as: are we prepared for the next epidem...
  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    1970-01-01
    Influenza: The Hundred Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History by Jeremy Brown is a very highly recommended, fascinating exploration of the history of the flu virus and the search for a cure.The 1918 Flu pandemic left an estimated 50 to 100 million people dead worldwide. Ever since then the search has been on to find a cure before the outbreak another world wide influenza pandemic. Brown discusses where the 1918 flu may have started (w...
  • Jess
    1970-01-01
    Simply put, this book is fantastic. When I did manage to pry myself away from it, I could not stop thinking about the flu!Dr. Jeremy Brown is not only knowledgeable in his field, but performs outstanding research and is a talented writer. Trained at the University College School of Medicine in London and a doctor of emergency medicine, Dr. Brown has seen his fair share of the flu. He weaves modern medical science (in layman's language for the eve...
  • Ron
    1970-01-01
    Influenza by Dr. Jeremy BrownI received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.2018 is the 100th anniversary of the Influenza pandemic of 1918 that killed 50 to 100 million people worldwide and infected as many as a third of the world’s population. Dr. Brown not only documents the events of 1918 but more importantly explores research and breakthroughs in the field since then. With this added ...
  • Anett Kovacs
    1970-01-01
    Note: I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley.ER doctor Jeremy Brown explores a century of flu in Influenza: The Quest to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History . From the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, which didn't even start in Spain to the 2009 H1N1 "pandemic", which, to be precise, wasn't really a pandemic, the author gives a very thoroughly researched account of the history of the influenza virus and humanity's relationship with it. He foc...
  • Nannette
    1970-01-01
    Influenza: The Hundred Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History Audiobook – UnabridgedDr. Jeremy Brown (Author) Holter Graham (Narrator)Simon & Schuster Audio (Publisher)Dr. Jeremy Brown has written an easy to read history of the influenza virus that reads like the best of detective fiction. His writing combined with Holter Graham's warm narration make a very approachable look at a fascinating and frankly terrifying subject. It is an ...
  • The Irregular Reader
    1970-01-01
    Jeremy Brown brings the focus of an ER physician to his history of the annual malady we are all so familiar with. On the 100 year anniversary of the 1918 "Spanish" Flu pandemic, Brown examines the nature of that strain, and of the influenza virus itself.Brown gives us an on-the-ground look at flu season, the flu vaccine, and how (un)prepared we are for another pandemic the likes of 1918.Perhaps the most intriguing part of the book deals with the ...
  • Glenda
    1970-01-01
    “Influenza” is a fascinating look at the history of flu outbreaks and both the medical and political implications of medical research and health policy. The historical account of the flu epidemic of 1918 is interesting, but the ways the pharmaceutical industry has manipulated public policy is important, particularly in regard to Tamiflu, the anti-viral drug the CDC has stockpiled and once hailed as a miracle cure for the flu. The book is shor...
  • Andi
    1970-01-01
    Fascinating!! I learned quite a lot about the history of influenza, specifically about the 1918 outbreak. Dr. Brown’s writing is compelling, understandable, and eye-opening. I definitely recommend reading it.
  • Riann
    1970-01-01
    A fascinating read! I learned about the flu virus, past pandemics, what we've done to combat the flu and what we still need to learn. Hopefully, one day there will be a cure for the flu!
  • Alec
    1970-01-01
    Interesting for sure, but the information felt belabored at times.
  • Kathy
    1970-01-01
    4.5 stars
  • J.J.
    1970-01-01
    Part history, part advocacy this is an interesting and quick read on the virus itself and what countries like the UK and US have done and can do to help eradicate it.
  • Cindy Lauren
    1970-01-01
    Love this book. I have been curious about plagues and epidemics and the flu is especially interesting because there is so little reliable understanding of it. The flu can seem trivial compared to big bad diseases, but the flu has can take out more than all of them. But how?In a very conversational and accessible way, the author discusses what we know and what we don't and how that can influence ( pardon the pun) the variation and spread of the vi...
  • Jocelyn
    1970-01-01
    100 years ago, the flu attacked the world and killed millions of people. We have no idea how many due to the fact that many island nation populations were destroyed and many deaths were attributed to pneumonia instead of the flu. This book provides an in depth look at what happened in 1918. Unlike a lot of other books about the flu pandemic, this author is a doctor which allows him the ability to talk knowledgeably about the disease and how it tr...